I want to change so many things about myself but setting a million lofty goals is more ineffective than not setting any. I believe I have settled on two official goals. If there is a third goal it’s just a general “try harder” goal without specifics.
1. Never say “don’t stay up too late” to my husband. I’m not his mother and he’s not a child. He’s a big boy. While his actions do affect my life I need him to make his choices on his own accord and not because of me. Besides, he never listens to me (about that) anyway so I’m just setting myself up for disappointment.
2. Lose 20 pounds. This isn’t a cliche. I’ve figured out that if I lose 2 pounds every month that’s 24, so it leaves me a little wiggle room. (Actually I’d really like to lose 25 pounds, but I can save the rest for next year.) By losing only 2 pounds a month I’m making gradual lifestyle changes instead of going on some crazy fad diet and gaining it all back. I’ve cut out a morning snack, so that I will only snack in the afternoons right before work. I also brush my teeth within half an hour of every meal (and snack.) Not only is this good for my teeth, but by taking the taste of food out of my mouth I’m thinking about food less. I am also going to hit the streets hard, with a serious walk at least three times a week. (Pushing the stroller with 50 pounds of children up the footbridge is some serious work!)
This is also the year of the coupons. Following my desire lately to pair down and clean up the house I’m extending it to my body and our finances. I’m excited about these decisions. These changes will bring a lot of freedom and happiness.